Terror in Mali: An Attack on China and Russia?

by Eric Draitser

[A selection of points made by the author.  You can read the full article here.]

Coming on the heels of the terrorist attack in Paris, the mass shooting and siege at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, the capital of the African nation of Mali, is still further evidence of the escalation of terrorism throughout the world. While there has already been much written about the incident in both western and non-western media, one critical angle on this story has been entirely ignored: the motive [….]

International media have now confirmed that at least nine of the 27 killed in the attack were Chinese and Russian. While this alone would indeed be curious, it is the identities and positions of those killed that is particularly striking. The three Chinese victims were important figures in China’s China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC), while the Russians were employees of Russian airline Volga-Dnepr. That it was these individuals who were killed at the very outset of the attack suggests that they were the likely targets of what could perhaps rightly be called a terrorist assassination operation.
But why these men? And why now? To answer these questions, one must have an understanding of the roles of both these companies in Mali and, at the larger level, the activities of China and Russia in Mali. Moreover, the targeted killing should be seen in light of the growing assertiveness of both countries against terrorism in Syria and internationally. Considering the strategic partnership between the two countries – a partnership that is expanding seemingly every day – it seems that the fight against terrorism has become yet another point of convergence between Moscow and Beijing. In addition, it must be recalled that both countries have had their share of terror attacks in recent years, with each having made counter-terrorism a central element in their national security strategies, as well as their foreign policy.
And so, given these basic facts, it becomes clear that the attack in Mali was no random act of terrorism, but a carefully planned and executed operation designed to send a clear message to Russia and China.

Eric Draitser is an independent geopolitical analyst based in New York City, he is the founder of StopImperialism.org and OP-ed columnist for RT, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.


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Nov 29, 2015 1:34 AM

Shatnersrug is no more on CIF – tonight I was banned, that’s my 5th account. I have s new one already – see if you can spot me.

I was at the demo outside number 10 today – amazing turnout – great speeches from Tariq Aziz, Mark Rylance of all people was great. Owen Jobes was shockingly ill informed. Almost peddling the Guardian line of Assad baddie. It went down really badly. I wish more folk would get involved here

Nov 28, 2015 5:03 PM

Another slight against a an entire religion/ethnic group based on the possible actions of the Netanyahu Government.

Would you like me to give you a address of a mate – his mum was Jewish – so technically he is you could go round and kick him.

Seriously Rehmet, when are you going to grow a brain?

Nov 28, 2015 8:49 AM

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